2019 Congregational Climate Footprint

Kick-off of the Green Sanctuary Program

We kicked off our Green Sanctuary program with this forum on January 20th dedicated to providing a tool to help each of us work toward reducing our carbon footprint. The calculation opened our eyes to the aspects of our lifestyle that are burning the most carbon. If you did not attend the forum, we truly want this to be a congregation-wide effort and it is not too late to participate! By doing the calculation, you establish your current carbon baseline and you can receive a stamp from the SFUU children for your efforts. Click here for how to do the calculation and receive a stamp for you Green Sanctuary passport


One of many climate change-related posters carried at the Jan 2017 Women’s march in Washington, D.C. Photo by Barb Munn.

One of many climate change-related posters carried at the Jan 2017 Women’s march in Washington, D.C. Photo by Barb Munn.

Purpose of the Climate Footprint

We seek to lead an active local response to the problem of human caused climate change.  Since climate change is primarily caused by our collective individual greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nation’s climate program believes that the world needs to cut emissions in half by 2030, and to a net of zero by 2050.  But to make these reductions, we need to understand what our individual emissions currently are, and how they compare with the target UN for 2030.  It also means that we need tools to track our progress as we work to reduce them.  All of this requires that we assess our current emissions as a baseline, and then regularly reassess them in order to track our progress.

Background

In early 2017, the social justice committee asked church members to inventory their greenhouse gas.  We are now asking members to inventory their emissions again.  For those who participated in the 2017 inventory, this will be the chance to see how much they have reduced emissions in the past year and a half.  For newcomers to the process, this will provide an emissions baseline they can use to track progress in years to come. The UC Berkeley CoolClimate footprint calculator link is here.

How it Works

Using the UC Berkeley CoolClimate footprint calculator.  We held a congregational workshop on January 20, 2019 to teach members how to use the calculator, and help them work through the survey that is a part of the project.   Social justice committee and Green Sanctuary Team members will be available at other times to help members use the calculator.

Follow-On

The Green Sanctuary project will hold workshops in February, March, and April that are designed to help families reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.  Later in the year, the social justice committee will hold discussion sessions on systemic changes our families and our community can make to help arrest climate change, with follow-on activities as appropriate.

Lead: Allen Edwards

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